Decision details

Positive Approach to Youth Engagement (SEND)

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


For the Executive Member to approve the updated “Positive approach to youth engagement” guidance for implementation and publicity from September 2018.


That the updated “Positive approach to youth engagement” guidance be approved for implementation and publicity from September 2018.

Reasons for the decision:

      i.        There is a necessity for the Local Authority to have a young people’s engagement strategy. The strategy should detail how the Local Authority and its partners engage young people in decision making.


     ii.        For those children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities there is a statutory duty to ensure “the participation of children, their parents and young people in decision- making” and to ensure “greater choice and control for young people and parents over support”.


    iii.        Absence of a young people’s engagement strategy will not help us to demonstrate to external assessors, young people, schools or the parents forum that we are serious about partnership working.

Alternative options considered:


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Financial Impact: Within existing budget

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Director of Children, Young People & Learning

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Workshops with Youth Parliament


This work has been developed with the support of young people through the Youth Parliament.

Contact: Kashif Nawaz, Head of Children's Support Services Email: Tel: 01344 353318.

Publication date: 16/10/2018

Date of decision: 16/10/2018

Effective from: 24/10/2018

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